After reviewing Grilling Vegan Style by John Schlimm, grilling is now officially my favorite way to prepare tempeh. It’s got a nice smoky taste with just a touch of spiciness, takes a bit of prep work but it’s well worth it. If you’re not familiar with tempeh cooking, you may not know that you need to steam or boil it first to remove some of its bitter flavor.
Grilling Vegan Style covers that information and more with a whole chapter devoted specifically to grilling tofu, tempeh and seitan. For this recipe, I simmered the tempeh in vegetable broth for 10 minutes (besides removing the bitter taste, also to soften it and allow the marinade to soak in) and then marinated overnight before grilling.
I served the tempeh sliced into thin strips alongside grilled vegetables. There’s really no better way to say so long to summer and hello to fall.
Tex-Mex Tempeh for Two
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce (tamari preferred)
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon adobo (from a can of chipotles in adobo), or your favorite vegan salsa
1 (8-ounce) package tempeh, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
Canola oil, for oiling the grill grates
In a wide, shallow dish, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, chili powder, garlic, oregano, cloves, and adobo. Arrange the tempeh in the dish, turn to coat all over with the marinade, cover and chill, turning halfway through, for 2 hours or overnight.
Grease the grates with the canola oil, then preheat the grill to medium. Grill the tempeh, flipping it once, until browned and hot throughout, 8 to 10 minutes total. Transfer to plates and serve.
From the book Grilling Vegan Style by John Schlimm. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright (c) 2012. www.dacapopresscookbooks.com
Disclosure: I received the book free of charge from the publisher to review. The opinions and experience with the book expressed herein are my own. There was no pay to say.
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